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1.    QABC is a registered BJCP competition and is a prequalifying competition for the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships (AABC).

2.    Each entrant is restricted to two (2) entries per Category. Within this rule, no more than one (1) entry is allowed in any one Style. Category and Style guidelines can be found on the AABC website.

3.    Each entrant is restricted to a maximum of five (5) entries total.

4.    Each Category will be restricted to forty-eight (48) entries total and will not accept entries once this limit is met.

5.    Labels are to be printed from the ‘Entries’ section of your account on this registration site. Use the print logo under the ‘Actions’ column.

6.    Printed labels from this registration site are mandatory for acceptance of entries. The labels are to be attached to the bottles, using clear adhesive tape that covers the whole label, and are to be set about 50mm up from the base of the bottle.

7.    Entries will only be accepted from residents of Queensland. These entries are to take the form of 1 bottle containing no less than 500ml for beer and cider (750ml bottles preferred) or 250ml for mead and must be the product of the person entering the beer. Brown plastic PET or brown glass bottles will be accepted. All bottles are to have labels removed.

8.    The competition is restricted to amateur brews, that is to beers not subject to excise duty. This means any beer not fermented on licensed brewing premises is eligible, including beers made using extract kits, wort kits, or any other source of fresh wort. Brew-on-premises beers are ineligible as these are subject to excise duty. Entries must be submitted under the brewer’s own name.

9.    Entry fee is $6 per entry, to be paid online only. Entries close at close-of-business August 25th 2018:

  • Craftbrewer - 1pm
  • Ipswich Brew Co - 1pm
  • Hoppy Days Brewing Supplies - 1pm
  • National Homebrew - 1pm

10. Judging will take place on the weekend of 8th September 2018.

11. Judging will be conducted by blind tasting, referencing the AABC style guidelines.

12. Prizes will be awarded to the first three placings in each category. Points will be allocated on the basis of:

  • 1st - 3 points
  • 2nd - 2 points
  • 3rd - 1 point

13. Entrants receiving a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd placing in any of the categories, and who have achieved a minimum score of 30, will be invited to enter the AABC. The Organising Committee will contact those who qualify and request another bottle of their beer be sent to Craftbrewer, from where the Committee will send the QLD entries to the AABC and pay the $10 per bottle AABC entry fee.

14. Tied entrants will be resolved either by the judging panel during judging or using a progressive countback until the tie is resolved based on:

a) highest score for Overall Impression;

b) highest score for Flavour;

c) lowest range of individual judge scores (smallest spread of scores across panel);

d) the judging panel will be requested to resolve the tie.

15. Champion Brewer will be determined by the sum of points awarded for the entrant’s best four (4) beers over four (4) different categories: 1st: 3 points, 2nd: 2 points, 3rd: 1 point. Ties will be separated by the addition of the entrant’s scores (Judging points) from these 4 beers, if still tied the entrant with the highest scoring individual beer will be declared the Champion. These results are based on categories 1-18 only (excludes mead and cider)

16. Champion Club (QAAWBG - The Queensland Association of Amateur Wine & Beermakers Guilds Inc.) will be determined by the sum of place points awarded for categories 1-18 in the QABC: 1st: 3 points, 2nd: 2 points, 3rd: 1 point.

17. Champion Beer will be determined by either: the best scoring beer; if time permits a BOS judging round with the winner decided by consensus; or determined by another method at the discretion of the chief steward if required. As with rule 11, this is reserved for categories 1-18 only.

18. All care will be taken by the organisers but no responsibility is accepted for any damage to entries and all entries upon receipt will become the property of the QABC.

19. Medal cutoffs:

  • 46-50 Points: Gold (Outstanding example of style)
  • 42-45.5 Points: Silver (Excellent example of style)
  • 38-41.5 Points: Bronze (Very good example of style)


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1C Cream Ale1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager
2B International Amber Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B English Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A English Strong Ale
17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine
18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter
20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA
22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale
23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic23E Gueuze
23F Fruit Lambic24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale
24C Biere de Garde25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel
26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A1 Gose
27A4 Roggenbier27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A9 London Brown Ale
28A Brett Beer28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer29A Fruit Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer
31A Alternative Grain Beer31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
34C Experimental Beer35A Light Australian Lager (Custom Style)36A Austalian Lager (Custom Style)
37A Australian Premium Lager (Custom Style)38A Australian Bitter Ale (Custom Style)39A Australian Dark/Old Ale (Custom Style)
40A Belgian Specialty Ale (Custom Style)41A Other Mead (Custom Style)42A Other Cider (Custom Style)
C1A New World CiderC1B English CiderC1C French Cider
C1D New World PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2E MelomelM3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M4A Braggot  


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Newstead (Session 1)
67 Castlemaine Street, Milton, Queensland
Saturday 8 September, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Newstead (Session 2)
67 Castlemaine Street, Milton, Queensland
Saturday 8 September, 2018 at 12:00 PM



Champion Brewer

  • Ss Brewtech Chronical 7 Fermenter - Brewmaster Edition – Valued at $1000 – Donated by Newera Brewing

Champion Beer

  • $100 National Home Brew voucher – Donated by National Home Brew

1st Place Categories

  • Beer Categories - 1x Sack of Grain donated by Cryer Malt – Collection at Craftbrewer
  • Mead Category - 1 x $65 AB Honey Voucher – Donated by AB Honey
  • Cider Category - 1 x Mangrove Jacks Cider Kit – Donated by Brewers Choice

All Categories -

  • 1 x Wyeast yeast pack donated by Wyeast & Craftbrewer – Collection at Craftbrewer

2nd Place Categories

  • 1 x $25 Hoppy Days Voucher - donated by Hoppy Days
  • 1 x Wyeast yeast pack donated by Wyeast & Craftbrewer – Collection at Craftbrewer

3rd Place Categories

  • 1 x Wyeast yeast pack donated by Wyeast & Craftbrewer – Collection at Craftbrewer


Awards Ceremony

Results will be posted on the QABC website shortly following the competition
Saturday 8 September, 2018 at 5:00 PM


Circuit Qualification

1st, 2nd and 3rd place category winners will qualify to enter the Australian Amatuer Brewing Championships being held in Melbourne on 25th October 2018 prior to the ANHC National Homebrew Conference.

The QABC Committee will notify those who have qualified and these QABC qualifiers will need to supply a second bottle for entry to the AABC. The QABC will pay for entry fee and postage of entries to AABC if they are dropped off before the nominated deadline.